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Mall of America entry with illuminated signage connecting 2 grey angled buildings. Left building labelled JW Marriott
Mall of America

30 Years of Retail Evolution

Client

Triple 5

Services

Architecture, interiors, environmental graphic design

Program

Hospitality, retail, entertainment, waterpark, workplace

Size

Over 1 million SF

In 1992, Mall of America opened its doors to the public on the very same land which Metropolitan Stadium once stood. Upon the demolition of this widespread attraction in 1985, the city of Bloomington selected a development team consisting of Triple Five Group, Melvin Simon and Associates, and Teachers Insurance and Annuity to repurpose this land by proposing a retail/entertainment development. This vision, which became the Mall of America has risen to new heights becoming the most frequented destination in the United States for over 42 million people per year.

In an effort to preserve this notable status, Triple Five Group decided to reinvigorate the existing mall through an expansion to reinforce the center’s strong brand awareness and status as a global tourist destination. The Expansion includes included a 300,000-SF retail expansion, 342-room JW Marriott hotel, Class A-office building, and an indoor water park.

Mall of America + DLR Group

For more than 30 years, DLR Group has shaped the experience for visitors and guests at Mall of America.

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Statistics

Mall of America at a Glance

Through the years, Mall of America has been a beacon of the retail revolution sweeping the industry. DLR Group and Triple 5 Development created a mixed-use magnet that has exemplified an energetic customer experience and market resilience. A $650 million price tag for the initial phase of construction in 1992 has seen more than four major expansion phases since opening. More 43 million annual visitors have walked 5.6 million SF of gross building area to shop over 520 retail stores. Up next in the pipeline is 7 acres of theme park, including the MOA Waterpark.

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Revolutionizing Retail

Modernizing an Icon

Over the past 30 years, Mall of America has grown with its visitors. With 4 major expansion phases, every major public and amenity was upgraded and reimagined during the renovation. Additionally, each street was given a distinct character that works to seamlessly support MOA’s overall vision.

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Partnership

Teaming to Create a Memorable Destination

Since opening its doors, DLR Group and Mall of America have been working to create a destination that leaves a lasting legacy. Our partnership spans from 1990 to today, and has been seen through all phases of design and construction, 20+ strategic master plan studies for investors, developers, partners, infrastructure, and expansion, and dozens of TI designs for retail shops. DLR Group has provided integrated sector expertise including retail, entertainment, hotel, workplace, parking, transportation, and master planning.

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